The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities   

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The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities*

By: Patrick Lencioni

John Wiley and Sons, 2020 

192 Pages 

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Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to helping leaders improve their organizations’ health. His principles have been embraced by multinational corporations, entrepreneurs, sports teams, the military, churches, and other organizations. Lencioni has authored eleven business books with seven million copies sold worldwide. His thoughts have been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Bloomberg Businessweek, and USA Today.  

In The Motive, he directs leaders toward a better understanding of why they’re leading in the first place. He starts by positing a hypothetical day-long conversation between rival CEOs, using an unexpected plot twist and dialogue that results in an interesting culmination. This conversation takes up 77% of the book.  

In the remaining 23% of the book, Lencioni provides a clear summary of the lessons from the fable, including practical advice to help executives examine their motivations for leading. He provokes listeners to honestly assess themselves and presents action steps for changing their approach in five key areas. The book can help leaders avoid pitfalls that stifle organizations and hurt the people they are meant to serve. 

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